May 19, 2016 | No comments yet

Practical Ways to Have It All

in Get More Time

Even for women not collecting a paycheck, I know that you are not sitting around eating Bonbons watching daytime soaps. You’re involved with the PTA, a charity or two, countless activities for your children, assisting in a family business, renting a property, home schooling, and helping your older family members, often with a spouse that works a busy work schedule. You can think of a million things that you could do with extra time each week, like maybe dedicate some time to yourself.

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May 11, 2016 | 2 comments

Hungry? Get $50 off HelloFresh

in Get More Time, Meal Preparation

Hungry? Get $50 off HelloFresh. Enter CARISSA25 at checkout and receive $25 off each of your first two boxes (for a fifty-dollar savings).

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May 7, 2016 | No comments yet

Happy Mother’s Day

in Humor, Me Time

What’s your favorite funny Mother’s Day moment? 

My son’s card from school – what makes mom happy: bedtime


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May 5, 2016 | No comments yet

Free Stuff for Busy People

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April 13, 2016 | 1 comment

Worst End-of-the-School-Year Mom

in Humor, Kid Time, Me Time, Parenting Advice

If you refuse to buy your kids new pants even though they are way too short because you know they’ll be wearing shorts in a few more days, then you are an end-of-the-school-year mom. Also, this is totally what I’m wearing to preschool drop-off. I’m the mom in the middle smoking a cig showing off my belly.

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April 8, 2016 | No comments yet

On Becoming a Writer

in Me Time

I allowed my husband to go a men-only ski trip with a bunch of middle-aged neighbors as long as he promised to tell me everything in an effort to gather material. He broke his collarbone on the slopes, rendering him one-armed for six weeks, and gave me only the tiniest morsels of gossip. Boy, did that plan backfire on me.

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March 30, 2016 | No comments yet

Dear Residents of the South Seas Tower (Part 2),

in Family Travel, Kid Time

The judgement that I saw in your eyes was something that I’d never witnessed before. And, I’m no stranger to the looks that my children attract. The stares that I got in the grocery store over a child throwing a tantrum was nothing compared to an entire pool deck of half-awake seniors judging on my parenting style. With few other children around, I was completely outnumbered. After this year, the score is: Seniors (1), Howards (0).

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March 24, 2016 | No comments yet

#AmWriting #HuffPost

in Me Time

#AmWriting20 Signs You’ve Become a Work-From-Home Parent
I Never Let my Son Win
Jagged Little Pill: 20 Years Later and I’m Still Angry


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March 16, 2016 | No comments yet

A Letter to the Residents of the South Seas Towers

in Family Travel, Kid Time

I understand that you like it to be quiet around your swimming pool. I understand that you’ve already scolded my mother, of retirement age herself, for using her cell phone at the pool instead of observing the quiet rules. A brief phone conversation by a 70-year-old lady is going to be a refreshing Spring picnic compared to the havoc that my children are going to wreak at the pool. In other words, you’ve seen nothing yet.

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March 11, 2016 | No comments yet

Week In Review

in Me Time

I’ve been branching out into lifestyle pieces recently in addition to the parenting subjects. My articles aren’t just for moms anymore. I’ve had another busy week, getting three posts published (two on the Huffington Post #HuffPost and one on Traveling Mom #TMOM):

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